First Minister Rt. Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA have met with Brazilian food giant Marfrig as part of their economic development visit to the country.
In 2008, Marfrig acquired Moy Park, Northern Ireland’s largest food processing company which has a presence in Ballymena, Craigavon and Dungannon. The Ministers met Marcos Molina, President of Marfrig in Sao Paulo.
The First Minister said: “Moy Park is a major employer in NI, a highly successful exporter and a key player in the local food industry. Since its acquisition by Marfrig, Moy Park has maintained a commitment to investment, particularly in research and development and in skills, which has resulted in continued growth in key markets.
“Invest Northern Ireland has developed a strong relationship with both the local management at Moy Park and with the parent company in Brazil and has supported many of its investment projects, including a recent £6million investment in skills and training.”
The deputy First Minister said: “Meeting with senior management from Marfrig gave us an opportunity to strengthen relationships with an important and valued investor.
“With world class facilities in Ballymena, Craigavon and Dungannon, combined with a strong culture of innovation, Moy Park has an established presence in global markets and a reputation for excellence. Employing over 5,000 people across the three sites, Moy Park is a major contributor to the local economy and as such, management here and in Brazil can be assured of our continued support.”
The Ministers also met the Deputy Trade Minister Texeira and Foreign Minister Patriota to discuss trade and business opportunities in Brasilia yesterday.
Marfrig Alimentos SA, is a Brazil-based Group, engaged in the processing and distribution of fresh and industrialized beef, pork, lamb and poultry. The Group has made numerous acquisitions over the past few years, including Moy Park, and now has a presence in 140 countries worldwide, employing more than 85,000 people.